Senior Ibekwe Is the Enforcer

Onye Ibekwe, the 6-6, 230-pound forward from Los Angeles Crenshaw, looks like a defensive end, and plays like one, too. And while his brother, junior Ekene, is talented, Onye is a nice prospect in his own right...

Onye Ibekwe, 6-6 SR PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, is one of the most physical players on the west coast, looking more like a defensive end than a basketball player. He's also one of the most colorful players on in his class.

Ibekwe said he's still wide open when it comes to recruiting, but his main suitors are UTEP, San Jose State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Portland and Boston College. He said he's hearing a little from Georgia Tech, and even slightly from North Carolina.

He's been offered a scholarship by UTEP, San Francisco, Pepperdine and Boston College, and has in-home visits set up with UTEP, San Francisco, Pepperdine and Portland.

Ibekwe is a good student, carrying a 3.5 GPA, and will take the SAT for the first time this October.

Ibekwe also has an added allure: His "little" brother is Ekene Ibekwe, the 6-9 junior power forward who plays for Los Angeles Carson. Ekene is a top 40 national caliber player for his class and has tremendous potential. There are some schools that might think, if they get Onye, they could have an advantage in landing Ekene.

Ekene's early list of favorites includes USC, UCLA, and North Carolina.


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